Allow Chamari Liyanage to remain in Australia
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Chamari Liyanage arrived in Australia from Sri Lanka in 2011 and after successfully completing her Australian Medical Council exams worked as a doctor at the Geraldton Regional Hospital. Chamari is loved and respected by her friends and colleagues, but was married to a violently abusive and perverted man. Chamari lived in fear for her life, and the lives of her family and friends, who were also threatened by her husband. Chamari is currently serving four years imprisonment at the Greenough Regional Prison for the manslaughter of her husband, and is due for parole in June or July this year. Chamari faces possible deportation to Sri Lanka on her release, but she must be allowed to remain in Australia for her safety and protection.
If deported to Sri Lanka, Chamari will face the risk of being killed. In a strongly patriarchal country like Sri Lanka, a woman who kills her husband would not likely be protected by the law. In Sri Lanka 60% of women are abused or raped, according to statistics, and less than 3% of the men are ever brought to justice. That is very frightening and goes against Australia’s democratic principles and sense of fair play and equality for all.
We as a nation reject the mistreatment of women and children. We want to be known as a nation with zero tolerance for domestic abuse and violence and we can start by offering protection to this woman who has suffered enough already.
We appeal to Mr Peter Dutton, MP, the Federal Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, to grant Chamari Liyanage safe haven in Australia.
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